Gimme Ten

Fans of the hard stuff were flying the flag for Walkers Cycling Club on Saturday at the annual 10-hour mountain bike race in the shadow of Britain’s highest mountain, writes Alan Woodison.

The Ayrshire riders were among 700 competitors in the 11th running of “10 under the Ben” – a testing off road marathon on the 10km Torlundy trail at Fort William.

Individuals and groups (pairs, triples and quads) are challenged to complete as many laps of the course around the Nevis Range within the set timescale.

Earning a podium place were the Walkers trio of David and Nina Robb and Russell Newham who finished second as Team Adey Magnaclean with nine laps in the mixed triples.

Also among the Kilmaurs contingent were Henry Peterkin and Drew Thomson, riding in the pairs. Henry powered on to complete four laps after Drew retired on his third lap following a crash.

Ian Mcalindon completed seven laps to finish 78th, within a huge solo field of 161finishers.

The club was also represented by a quad team, consisting of four newcomers to the world of competitive mtb racing.

Faye Murfet, Jan Templeton, Anne Davie and Zoe Nix had signed up for the less than confident sounding “In for a penny” ladies team.

But their captain Faye had to pull out at the last minute having injured herself in a bike accident, and it was left to Zoe’s dad Paul – originally providing pit stop assistance – to fill the breach. This resulted in the team being re-classified as a mixed quad entry.

They finished in 29th place after five laps and eight long hours of hard pedalling.

All the ladies agreed that Paul’s experience had encouraged them to get round the course and were able to share, over a post-event team coffee, the many positives from having taken part in their first ever mountain bike race.